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Old 05-26-11, 06:51 AM   #1
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Cantilever to V Brakes Swap?

Is it possible to change from cantilever brakes to v brake with a simple brake lever swap?

I'm thinking of installing v brakes on my 95 Trek 7000zx and wonder if it's as simple as changing the brakes, cables and levers?
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Old 05-26-11, 07:06 AM   #2
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Unless you've got brifters, or clearance issues - yes.
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It can be that easy. However, sometimes cable routing can be a little tricky - bikes that were designed for cantis sometimes have a cable guide instead of a housing stop on the rear, or have cable routing on the wrong side that makes setup a bit more challenging. But, yeah, it's not brain science.
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Is it possible to change from cantilever brakes to v brake with a simple brake lever swap?

I'm thinking of installing v brakes on my 95 Trek 7000zx and wonder if it's as simple as changing the brakes, cables and levers?
You will be glad you did! Stops much better and much easier to keep adjusted.

My friend recently did this and I found everything he needed at a swap meet for $30.

When I changed over one of my bikes, I found a complete brake set with handles for
$30 on e-bay.

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I'm thinking of installing v brakes on my 95 Trek 7000zx and wonder if it's as simple as changing the brakes, cables and levers?
Yes, it should be that simple. If you have integrated brake levers/shifters you'll need to replace the whole unit with something else.
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What, there isn't some kind of travel agent-style jigger available?
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What, there isn't some kind of travel agent-style jigger available?
There certainly used to be, probably still is available from problem solvers. A decent set of avid speed dial levers is up to the task, probably makes for a nice upgrade, and wouldn't be that much more expensive than travel agents. On my 1993 rockhopper, I did this conversion, and had issues with the rear cable stop. I was never satisfied with the clamp-on stop that I ended up using; it moved too easily on the top tube, and looked ugly. Full-length housing might be the way to go in this scenario, although I haven't tried it.
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Several bikes in the family fleet have been converted from cantis to V-brakes. I did have a cable stop issue on my daughter's Trek that was solved my mounting a seatpost clamp stop about 190 degrees from it's intended position.



Aside from new levers you might have to add a brake booster on the rear brake. Older bikes have seatstays that are a little too flexy for the additional leverage of the V-brakes over cantis. Forks are usually beefy enough to avoid this.



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What, there isn't some kind of travel agent-style jigger available?
I expect QBP has AU distributors, Taiwan, where the bike capital has gone,
is on your side of the Pacific, after all..

The roller travel agent is their product ..


but given OP is doing an MTB conversion, straight bars,
it Is just getting Parts.

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I converted my 1993 Trek 7000 from cantilevers to v-brakes with new levers. I was able to use the original cable stops and routing, but had to use a 135 degree noodle on the rear brake.

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